“For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him,
that we should come to trial together.
There is no arbiter between us,
who might lay his hand on us both.”
“Though he slay me, I will hope in him;
yet I will argue my ways to his face.”
“Men have gaped at me with their mouth;
they have struck me insolently on the cheek;
they mass themselves together against me…
My face is red with weeping,
and on my eyelids is deep darkness,
although there is no violence in my hands,
and my prayer is pure.
“O earth, cover not my blood,
and let my cry find no resting place.
Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
and he who testifies for me is on high.
My friends scorn me;
my eye pours out tears to God,
that he would argue the case of a man with God.” Job 9:32-33; 13:15; 16:10,16-21a
“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you… Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus… is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Romans 1:9; 8:33-34
When Job finds himself under the penalty of pain and in the shackles of loss and misery, he camps in the courtroom of heaven. The Lord is his only hope. His wife sneers, his friends condemn, yet taking his complaint and tears to God, he is safe. His only comfort is in knowing the Advocate, his only plea is His mercy. (Job 2:9)
Surely for our whole life, there is only One from whom we receive no condemnation, only One who saves to the uttermost. Once sealed by grace when we believe in Him, we are secure forever. Yet daily our adversary roams and takes his nips and swipes. He accuses our motives, pesters our affections, teases our flesh with doubt and self-loathing. He inflicts wound after grievous wound, exacerbating physical and emotional pain with cruelty and constancy. How can we escape? Where can we flee? To the only One able to save. (John 6:68; John 8:44; Romans 8:1; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 5:8)
Not only does our Savior stand as our permanent Intercessor, the greatest truth is He has already plead our case and won. He is both witness to truth, and the perfect penalty-bearer. Our sin has been atoned for, and eternally we are free, though for this life we will endure troubles stemming from its fallout. For this day, He pleads our case knowing our predicaments and temptations. He sees, understands, and redeems our pain. (John 16:33; 19:30; Hebrews 4:16)
To whom do we go when in trouble? Would we come honestly to our Witness and Advocate, confessing known sin, taking the blame, accepting responsibility for thought and action against the Almighty? And would we then trust that He who hears our arguments stands in the gap for them? He holds both our tears and our hope.
Father, help me trust You with my complaints as my truthful witness before the Father. May I in return be a bold witness to Your life-changing gospel truth.